Shake Shack – The Loop, Chicago

Before this year is over, I hope to present you with my “Top 5 Burgers of Chicago” list. Think of it as a delicious year-end holiday gift from me to you.  While Shake Shack will not make it onto my top 5 list, I cannot deny that it cranks out some tasty burgers.


Shake Shack on Michigan Avenue

Located directly across the street from Millennium Park

Yesterday, I decided to take a short walk over to Shake Shack’s newest location which

is directly across the street from Millennium Park inside the newly renovated Chicago Athletic Association.  It is just 1 1/2 blocks north and 1 block east of the Adams/Wabash ‘L’ stop along the CTA Green, Orange and Brown Lines. It is also 2 blocks east of the Monroe ‘L’ stop on the CTA Red Line.


Adams/Wabash 'L' stop near Shake Shack


Shake Shack became an instant sensation when acclaimed restaurateur, Danny Meyer, opened its first location in New York over a decade ago.  It finally made it here to Chicago a few months back.  

Here is how my supper went down:

I ordered the Smokeshack burger which is a yummy combination of beef, cheese, smoked applewood bacon, chopped cherry peppers and Shake Shack’s signature sauce.  The burger had decent char.  The bacon was, indeed, smoky and crispy.  But, it was the spicy cherry peppers and signature sauce that it made it sing for me.  Also, it was not an over-the-top, crazy monster of a burger which made me feel less guilty 😉


Shake Shack's Smokeshack burger

The Smokeshack burger with cheese, smoked applewood bacon, chopped cherry peppers and special Shake Shack sauce

The burgers at Shake Shack are available in both single and double patty portions.  I chose this single portion which is plenty filling, especially if you are looking to indulge in fries (I did not) , or other tasty treats such as the shakes or custard-style ice cream (“concrete” as they affectionately call it).

Since temps hit 80 degrees today, I sampled this decadent chocolate “concrete” or “twice-cream” with caramel sauce.  It was dreamy!!!


Shake Shack's ice cream

Mmmmm. Chocolate “concrete” with caramel sauce!


Shack Shack has a fast-casual dining space.  Just about everyone I have ever met really appreciates the burgers.  They also serve hot dogs and sausage.  This Milennium Park location also serves beer and wine.  Special bonus!  They are serving pie from the truly fabulous Bang Bang Pie shop 🙂



Shake Shack's dining space

Hey! Is this Shake Shack or a love shack?

Shake Shack's seating


So, shake your booty over to Shake Shack!

Shake Shack is located at 12 S. Michigan Ave.  A second location can be found at 66 E. Ohio St. in the River North neighborhood.  It is open every day from 11am – 11pm. Click here for more information.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red, Green, Brown or Orange Lines to Shake Shack.  Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!